Science teacher feeds puppy to turtle in front of students

Science teacher feeds puppy to turtle in front of students

The investigation continues at Preston Junior High School after a parent reported a biology teacher fed a live puppy to his classroom turtle.

Robert Crosland has taught science at Preston Junior High School for years.

Franklin County Sheriff Dave Fryar told the Idaho Statesman that he forwarded a report of the incident to the county prosecutor.

Meanwhile, it appears that Crosland has not been placed on administrative leave, nor does it appear that he has undergone any disciplinary action. Some students witnessed the feeding and administrators began an investigation into the incident immediately after learning of "a regrettable circumstance involving some of the biological specimens", according to a news release from Preston School District 201 Superintendent Marc Gee.

Gee said the safety of students or staff was not compromised.

Several current and former students said Crosland is a well-liked teacher at the school who kept exotic animals like snakes and other reptiles in tanks in his classroom.

"He is a cool teacher who really brought science to life", a former student tells the News.

A snapping turtle native to the US. File pic. Source Getty Images
A snapping turtle native to the US. File pic. Source Getty Images

The school district is taking steps to ensure "this type of action could not be repeated" and have asked for patience throughout the investigation. The alleged incident occurred after school on March 7.

Police told FOX13 the dog was alive when it allegedly was presented as a meal for the turtle.

According to KSTU, animal activist Jill Parrish filed a police report after hearing about the incident from another teacher.

"Allowing children to watch an innocent baby puppy scream because it is being fed to an animal ... that is violence", Parrish said.

PETA has learned that witnesses, including students, reportedly watched this teacher place a live puppy into a tank with a snapping turtle, who attacked and almost cut the dog in half, as the animal screamed. The sheriff's office has an SRO at the school, a spokeswoman for the department said.

"If it was a deformed puppy that was going to die anyway, Cros [land] is very much circle of life", Annette Salvesen said. In Detroit, a similar case in 2002 ended with the firing of a Detroit animal control worker for feeding a litter of live, weeks-old puppies to a large snake, believed to be a python.

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